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Two shepherds huts and a pair of pods set on a West Somerset estate close to the Somerset Levels and in sight of the Blackdown Hills
Situated on the edge of the Somerset Levels, the historic Jordans Estate is the tranquil setting for Rich and Em Speke’s private luxury glamping experience. Comprising two self-contained shepherd's huts and, in summertime – two pods, this adults-only retreat is the perfect destination for couples seeking solace from the frenetic modern world.
There’s a calm and leisurely pace to life on the Estate. Most of the time, your nearest neighbours are the deer that emerge from the 100 acre woodland to the dew-drenched fields at dawn. A former dairy farm, the cows have given way to a scattering of sheep and agrarian fields of seasonal crops. So for any city slickers yearning for an authentic slice of rural life, this is the real deal.
While suitably rustic in setting, the shepherds huts themselves are a masterclass in comfort having been handcrafted on site by the esteemed Blackdown Shepherds Hut Company. A double bed, fully-equipped kitchen, en suite bathroom (with toilet and shower), and wood-burning stove sees to it that guests want for nothing, and yes that means there's a wood-burning hot tub outside. Extra touches like board games and maps of local walks show an admirable attention to detail. And with the Blackdown Hills (an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) tantalisingly visible from the comfort of the cabins, the latter will be put to good use. A similar amount of care has gone into making the summer-only Landpods equally enjoyable places to stay but the set up is slightly different. These are cosy cocoons for sleeping in and each has its own hot tub – but a shower, loo and camp kitchen are shared between the two.
Though the grand Georgian mansion may be long gone, there are vestiges of its stately past everywhere, such as the ornamental walled garden, stable block, lakeside grotto, and the quaintly named Gingerbread Cottage, house of the former head gardener. Your helpful hosts can fill you in on the history and are more than happy to offer guided walks around the grounds. And what grounds they are, with innumerable trails to explore and wildlife to spot. As gorgeous as this place is in the full bloom of spring with bluebells enlivening the forest floor, the fiery autumn colours and January snowdrops make a winter’s woodland walk just as appealing, safe in the knowledge, of course, that the wood-fire warmed cosy confines of the hut awaits.
Ilminster, Somerset, England, United KingdomTraditional, ancestral territory of various First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Rich & Em S.Joined in October 2017
27 Ratings · 29 reviews
August 21, 2023
Beautiful bespoke Shepherds Hut all mod cons! Rich met us & showed us around. Loved the wood fire hot tub. Worth the 2 hour wait to warm up! Take your flip flops & dressing gowns for outside. Gorgeous sat in tub looking up at the stars! Toasted marshmallows, cooked pizza in the outside oven. The sun came out perfect weekend break!
July 9, 2023
Loved the whole experience, the shepherd’s hut, though small, was perfectly formed and had everything that we needed. The wood fired hot tub was fantastic! There was one other shepherds hut next to us, but both are made private with hedging planted in between . Views across the fields was lovely.
November 27, 2022
What lovely people!!
We haven't even stayed there yet but were due this weekend. Unfortunately, my husband was unwell so we thought we'd lose our money but Rick and Em very kindly said we could rearrange at no further cost. So, so kind.
November 6, 2022
Glancing in Shepards Hut
Absolutely stunning Hut! Everything was absolutely spot on. Very friendly also, knew if needed anything they were there to lend a hand. Quiet grounds so absolutely great for relaxing. Was a great weekend and will 100 percent be back! Unbelievably great value for money!
September 25, 2022
Magical Place to Relax
This place is just magical. Very peaceful and well located. Definitely I would recommend this place to my friends and family. The owners are lovely. The Livingston Hut is a perfect place that you can just disconnect and relax, the hot tub was great, very easy and relatively quick to warm up. We are going to come back for sure.
Sebastian & Barbara
August 21, 2022
Amazing stay! Highly recommend!
Amazing stay! Em and Rich were so accommodating and lovely! We had a small problem when we first got there and Rich was so quick to sort it out and so apologetic! Beautiful little hut with everything you need! The bed is super comfy and the wood fired hot tub was lovely! Perfect location. Can’t wait to go back again in winter time. 😍
From the host
We offer a luxury country getaway for adults in our handcrafted oak shepherd huts nestled in the picturesque parkland of our historic family estate in Somerset. Sumptuously fitted out you can sit back in luxury and relax.
We also offer 2 Glamping pods (June/July/August Only) with shared Shower/WC facilities and a shared Kitchen Shelter, if booking both shepherd huts and you wish to have extra guests, please ask. We can add the pods - accomadating 4 additional adults.
Fully self-catering with kitchen, bathroom and double bed our Shepherd huts ‘Stanley’ and 'Livingstone' are available all year around. You can see the changing seasons through the window whilst relaxing next to a wood-burning stove in winter or watch the sunset while sitting out cooking over the fire pit in Summer. Both have exclusive use, wood fired hot tubs and pizza ovens.
Situated at the foot of the Blackdown Hills, near Ilminster, we are within easy reach of the Somerset Levels and Glastonbury, Dorset’s Jurassic Coast and Lyme Regis, Exmoor, Dartmoor and the North Devon Coast.
For walkers and cyclists, the Somerset Levels and Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty are easily accessible from the Estate. The latter are visible from the window of the hut and can be explored via the 30km Here Path Trail, while the former's unique landscape is an important habitat for a diverse range of birdlife – be sure to check out the nearby RSPB reserves. A 45 minute drive will get you to the world-famous Jurassic Coast the highlights of which include picturesque Lulworth Cove and Lyme Regis. The awe-inspiring national parks of Dartmoor and Exmoor are also both under an hour away. Historic sites worth a visit include the ruins of Muchelney Abbey, the medieval Priest's House, Muchelney and, of course, slightly further afield lies the iconic Stonehenge.
Food and drink
Nearby Ilminster and its environs are quite the foodie hub with the Thursday market hosting of range of local produce stalls, as well as the award-winning butchers Bonners (01460 52465). West Country cheeses can be found at Silver Street Dairy (01460 52502) and seasonal fruit and veg at Mike’s Greengrocers (01460 52304). Brown & Forrest Smokery (01458 250875) is an essential stop on the gastro trail, stocking the finest smoked delicacies in their onsite shop and restaurant. Scrumpy fans should seek out Perry's Cider Mill (01460 55195) in Dowlish Wake or, for something a little stronger, there's the Somerset Cider Brandy Company (01460 240 782) in Hambridge. For the pick of the local pubs, just ask Richard and Em. The Five Dials Inn (01460 55359) and The Barrington Boar (01460 259 281) are personal favourites, while the multi-award winning Lord Poulett Arms (01460 73149) in Hinton-St-George balances sophisticated dining with its authentic West Country inn setting. Enjoy a perfect breakfast, coffee or lunch at the nearby Jordans Courtyard.